Monday, February 18, 2019

Impermanence





in progress


"I don’t know why we long so for permanence, why the fleeting nature of things so disturbs. With futility, we cling to the old wallet long after it has fallen apart. We visit and revisit the old neighborhood where we grew up, searching for the remembered grove of trees and the little fence. We clutch our old photographs. In our churches and synagogues and mosques, we pray to the everlasting and eternal. Yet, in every nook and cranny, nature screams at the top of her lungs that nothing lasts, that it is all passing away. All that we see around us, including our own bodies, is shifting and evaporating and one day will be gone. Where are the one billion people who lived and breathed in the year 1800, only two short centuries ago?"

- Alan Lightman (1948 - )
The Accidental Universe

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Direct Path







The Direct Path

seems to be the
recommended path
for our time..
our time of quantum pace
and of special urgency..

the luxury of time
born of the belief
in the primacy of time
is quickly dissolving
before our eyes..

right here..right now
is the imperative.. 
pushed by personal and
ecological tragedies we
search for directness..

enter the Direct Path
and a recognition
immediate..of the source
of spiritual and worldly
assumptions..

we are invited to access
right here and now 
our revealed identity 
lodged in and made of
illuminating peace...
~~CC


"The Direct Path requires no spiritual or religious
affiliation or background.  No preparatory practice
is required for the simple recognition that being
aware or awareness itself is the essential, irreducible,
indivisible element in all experience, to which we 
refer as "I" or "myself".  None has privileged access 
to it.  It is equally available to all people, in all places,
under all circumstances and in all situations.  All 
that is required is a deep interest in the nature of
reality, or an intuition that the peace, happiness or
love for which all people long cannot be satisfied 
by objective experience." 
~~ Rupert Spira, The Nature of Consciousness



Saturday, February 16, 2019

Art dissolves



(Cezanne)

Art dissolves

when art looks to objects
a tedium is experienced
despite displays rendering
temporary pleasures..

the displays portray
exterior as exterior
polishing the world
 but retaining separation
as we wear again
dark cultural blinders..

let us become artists
and carry with us
our tools of expression
and yet more:  the lens
of Awareness as we
permit that Awareness
to absorb the tools
and the expression...



(Monet)


RS:  The Dissolving Power of Art

RS:  Why Make Art?

RS:  Monet Poem

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Doorway
















The Doorway

doorways
obstruct and darken
the freedom beaconing
from the light beyond..
the dimness discourages
and our search looks
elsewhere for the freedom
we seek..
noticing finally a patch
of light unnoticed before..
we approach and find
a startling invitation to
dissolve all thought
and pass through to the
freedom the doorway
conceals and reveals...



At the back of the mind is a doorway with the words ‘I am’ written above it. First, turn towards that doorway; then walk through it. Turning towards it is an activity of the mind; walking through it is the dissolution of the mind. That dissolution is the revelation of our essential nature of ever-present, unlimited Awareness, the abode of peace, happiness and love.
~~Rupert Spira

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Erasure



Image result for psalm 1



Each of us
experiences the veil
                    the shadow
                    the separation
which hide our real nature..
until our experience
like a tree planted by water 
replaces our beliefs in  
seeming opposition.. 
erasing the division and
exposing  the peace of
our only Reality...
~~CC



Psalm 1 (CEV)

BOOK I
(Psalms 1-41)
The Way to Happiness
1 God blesses those people
    who refuse evil advice
    and won’t follow sinners
    or join in sneering at God.
2 Instead, the Law of the Lord
    makes them happy,
    and they think about it
    day and night.
3 They are like trees
    growing beside a stream,
    trees that produce
    fruit in season
    and always have leaves.
Those people succeed
    in everything they do.
4 That isn’t true of those
    who are evil,
    because they are like straw
    blown by the wind.
5 Sinners won’t have an excuse
    on the day of judgment,
    and they won’t have a place
    with the people of God.
6 The Lord protects everyone
    who follows him,
    but the wicked follow a road
    that leads to ruin.

Luke 6:17-26 (CEV)

Blessings and Troubles
20 Jesus looked at his disciples and said:
God will bless you people
who are poor.
    His kingdom belongs to you!
21 God will bless
    you hungry people.
You will have plenty
    to eat!
God will bless you people
who are crying.
    You will laugh!
23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, 
because great is your reward in heaven. 
For that is how their ancestors treated 
the prophets.
24 But you rich people
    are in for trouble.
You have already had
    an easy life!
25 You well-fed people
    are in for trouble.
    You will go hungry!
You people
    who are laughing now
    are in for trouble.
You are going to cry
    and weep!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society



Tetzaveh is thus the Parshah in the Torah that embodies the “you” of Moses, his transcendent essence.
(From Chabad.org):  https://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/2810/jewish/The-You-of-Moses.htm )

Experience or Belief









in progress









In his book 'The Nature of Experience', Rupert Spira writes : "Experience itself must be the test of reality. If we do not take experience as the test of reality, belief will be the only alternative. Experience and belief, or ' the way of truth and the way of opinion', as Parmenides expressed it in the fifth century BCE are the only two possibilities".